Law Dean Search


Oklahoma City University (OCU) invites nominations, expressions of interest and applications for the Dean of the School of Law. OCU seeks a new Dean of the School of Law who will partner with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Dean will be a collaborative leader with the ability to cast a vision for the school. He or she will also have strong administrative and interpersonal skills.

The Law Dean

The new Dean will serve as the chief academic officer and chief administrator of the School of Law and will report to the President. The Dean will ensure the school’s commitment to providing a high-quality education for all students that prepares them for being effective, ethical and competent legal practitioners. He/she will be responsible for overseeing the academic programs of the school to assure the programs meet requirements of the board of trustees, the president and accrediting and membership entities.

The Dean will oversee program review and ongoing assessment of all academics and support programs in the School of Law; will be responsible for assuring
the School of Law is efficiently administering its academic and administrative programs and committees; and will be responsible for building and maintaining relationships within the school and university, with alumni and throughout the greater community. A priority for the Dean is to maintain a presence in local, state, national and international legal/legal education communities. The Dean will represent the School of Law and the university in public speaking opportunities to further enhance the reputation of the university and the School of Law.

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Opportunities and Challenges

• Enrollment Management, Reputation Building and Branding – Develop a unified enrollment management strategy and brand identity, thereby allowing the School of Law to recruit high-caliber students in an increasingly competitive academic/ professional legal environment;

• Fundraising and Revenue Development – Generate stronger external support through fundraising and outreach to friends in the community to grow student scholarships, add staff support, develop faculty and promote student success;

• Emergent Trends and Management Processes – Attend to the emergent trends and best practices in the administration and management of schools/colleges of law and bring an ability to bridge the gap between theory and practice;

• Alumni Engagement – Expand and reinforce relationships between the School of Law and its alumni regionally, nationally and globally;

• Civic Engagement – Broaden relationships with the Oklahoma City community so there is an increased awareness of the value of OCU law students as contributing members to the justice system in the city and in the wider region;

• Communication and Transparency – Foster and promote a culture of open communication, inclusivity, transparency and accountability among faculty, staff and students;

• Budgetary Management – Plan and execute an administrative budget for the School of Law assuring that operations are executed within allocated funding and actively seek additional ways to strengthen the revenue stream;

• University Engagement – Take an active part in campus activities and serve as chair or member of a variety of committees in the school and throughout the university;

• Faculty Development – Oversee hiring, reappointment, promotion and tenure of faculty in accordance with university procedures;

• Diversity Efforts – Develop and implement diversity and inclusion initiatives aimed at enhancing the student experience, the academic programs and the faculty profile of the School of Law.

Background

The successful candidate will possess stellar academic and professional credentials sufficient to engender respect from the academy, the state and the community at large. Preferably, the Dean will display both a successful record as a faculty member and evidence of leadership experience in higher education. The new Dean must understand shared governance and be adept in overseeing faculty and staff. He or she must possess a maturity that allows for a natural exchange of thought with a diverse student body, community partners, alumni and donors.

Qualifications and Experience

The successful candidate should possess:

• A Juris Doctor (J.D.) or other terminal degree in law from an ABA-accredited institution and at least ten years of experience in the teaching and/or practice of law; • A record of successful fundraising experience and a demonstrated skill in partnering with university advancement officers to secure external gifts, grants and funding to support law school programs;
• Demonstrated ability to foster and maintain relationships with external constituencies including donors, alumni and community members;
• Experience with national and international issues affecting legal and graduate education;
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate effectively within the university, the School of Law and the larger legal community;
• A commitment to shared governance with the law school faculty;
• A demonstrated commitment to diversity;
• Knowledge, or a commitment to acquire such knowledge, of the Oklahoma legal environment;
• Knowledge, or a commitment to acquire such knowledge, of budgeting, fiscal management, personnel management, academic planning, program review, strategic planning and problem-solving;
• A deep appreciation for legal scholarship, teaching and service;
• Demonstrated strategic, ethical and effective leadership skills; a proven track record as an innovator;
• Effective communication skills and a high level of integrity and emotional intelligence; the ability to motivate and inspire faculty, staff and students;
• Knowledge of ABA accreditation procedures, practices and standards;
• Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills;
• High level of initiative, sound judgment and problem-solving skills;
• Demonstrated ability to facilitate small and large group discussions;
• Ability to work with diverse constituencies with multiple interests.

Finalist Bios & Résumés

Jim Roth

Please view Jim’s Résumé-  Jim Roth

Jim Roth, a graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law, represents the Oklahoma City-based Phillips Murrah law firm, where he is providing leadership to the firm’s Natural Resources Department and Chairs the Clean Energy Practice Group.  In addition, Jim Roth serves as President of A New Energy, LLC, an energy consultancy specializing in energy policy and energy developments throughout the region and United States, representing regional and national energy companies and Foundations.  Jim also serves as a Board member of a publicly-traded Houston, Texas based environmental services company and as a weekly Columnist in Oklahoma’s statewide business newspaper, The Journal Record.

Previously, Jim Roth served as an Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, by Appointment of Governor Brad Henry on June 1, 2007, after having served in elective local office the previous 5+ years.  As a Corporation Commissioner, Roth has responsible for Oklahoma’s important economies, including: Regulation of Oil & Gas activities, Energy Policies, Public Utilities, Renewable Energies, Telecommunications, Transportation, Petroleum Storage Tanks, Pipeline Integrity & Safety, and Consumer Services.

Jim Roth previously served in elective local office as an Oklahoma County Commissioner for District One, elected twice and also worked for eight years as a County Attorney.   He is a member of the Oklahoma, Kansas and American Bar Associations and is a Past-President of the National Association of Civil County Attorneys.

Jim graduated from Kansas State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law and Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1994 with a Juris Doctorate, where he participated in Moot Court and the Oklahoma Indian Legal Services Clinic.  Jim holds Graduate certificates from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, The United States Air War College’s National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base and The Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University.  In 2017, he served as OCU Law School’s inaugural “Distinguished Practicioner in Residence” teaching a law class on energy regulation.

Jim believes in community volunteerism and is involved in numerous civic efforts including: the Greater OKC United Way (Board); The Central Oklahoma Humane Society(Board); The Arts Council of Oklahoma City(Board); City of Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust Authority (Trustee); The American Clean Skies Foundation of Washington, DC (Board) and Mayflower Congregational Church (UCC), among others.

Commissioner Roth is known for his ability to bring diverse people together to solve problems and develop solutions, such as the 2017 Energy Roundtable at OCU, the 2011 Energy Collaborative at University of Tulsa School of Law, the 2007 Oklahoma Energy Summit and the 2003 and 2005 Senior Citizen Summits for Oklahoma County.  Jim is known for his strong work ethic, effective leadership, energy insights and respect for all people.  Commissioner Roth is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying travel, nature, animals, and time spent with his partner Phillip Koszarek, family and friends.

 

Susan Bisom-Rapp

Please view Susan’s Résumé- Susan Bisom Rapp

Susan Bisom-Rapp is associate dean for faculty research and scholarship and a professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where she has been on faculty since 1996. She is also presently faculty co-director of the law school’s Employee Rights Self-Help Clinic. She served as director of Thomas Jefferson’s Center for Law and Social Justice for four years. Bisom-Rapp teaches courses in torts, employment law, employment discrimination law, international and comparative employment law, and public and private sector labor law.

Her academic experience includes accreditation, strategic planning, communications and marketing, budget oversight, curriculum reform, academic support and bar preparation, student advising, faculty development and mentoring, fundraising and special program planning, alumni relations, and human resources matters, including diversity and inclusion efforts. She is a frequent panelist and keynote speaker at academic conferences and bar association events, and is regularly quoted by the media as an expert on workplace law.

Bisom-Rapp is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in the field of comparative employment law, who writes about globalization, equal employment opportunity, occupational safety and health, and the gig economy. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, she is co-author of the path-breaking casebook, The Global Workplace: International and Comparative Employment Law – Cases and Materials, which was first published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 and in 2012 appeared in its second edition in Wolters Kluwer’s Aspen Casebook Series. Her latest book, Lifetime Disadvantage, Discrimination and the Gendered Workforce, co-authored with Malcolm Sargeant, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Her honors include membership in the American Law Institute and the Order of the Coif.  She serves on the editorial board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal. Bisom-Rapp is treasurer and was previously a member of the executive committee of the Association of American Law School’s Section on Women in Legal Education. She has served as a member of research projects funded by the French and Italian governments. Bisom-Rapp serves on the academic advisory board of the Doctoral Research School in Labor, Development and Innovation at the Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Before beginning her academic career, Bisom-Rapp practiced labor and employment law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York City. She holds J.S.D. and LL.M. degrees from Columbia University, where she was a Lawrence A. Wien Fellow and was funded by a Woodrow Wilson Foundation dissertation grant. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was a Robert P. Cowell Labor Law Fellow. Bisom-Rapp’s B.S. is from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

Finalist Campus Visits

 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Mr. Jim Roth

Time Session Location
     
8:30-9:15 Deans and Cabinet Main Campus

Administration Building

Room 150

9:30-10:15 President-elect Jones Conference Room

Administration Building

10:30-11:30 Law School Building Tour Law School Ambassador

Admissions Suite

11:30-12:45 Lunch with select members of search committee School of Law

Shdeed Conference Room

Dean’s Suite, Room 430B

1:00-2:15 Law Faculty Room 510
2:30-3:15 President Dignitary Suite Room 331

Southwest Corner 

3:30-4:15 Law Staff Room 509
4:30-5:15 Law Students Room 509
5:30-6:30 Reception- Open to the School of Law community Murrah Center, Room 326

 

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Ms. Susan Bisom-Rapp

Time Session Location
     
8:30-9:15 Deans and Cabinet Main Campus

Administration Building

Room 150

9:30-10:15 President Main Campus

Jones Conference Room

Administration Building

10:30-11:30 Law School Building Tour Law School Ambassador

Admissions Suite

11:30-12:45 Lunch with select members of search committee School of Law

Shdeed Conference Room

Dean’s Suite, Room 430B

1:00-2:15 Law Faculty Room 510
2:30-3:15 President-elect Dignitary Suite Room 331

Southwest Corner 

3:30-4:15 Law Staff Room 509
4:30-5:15 Law Students Room 509
5:30-6:30 Reception- Open to the School of Law community Murrah Center, Room 326

 

Jan Asnicar, Partner Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates 913-339-8928 (mobile)
Email: j.asnicar@storbeckpimentel.com

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